07/02/15 3:38pm

Alexandria’s 266th and USA’s 239th

alexandria logoThe City of Alexandria, Virginia will celebrate its 266th and the USA’s 239th birthday on Saturday, July 11, from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM at Oronoco Bay Park, located at 100 Madison Street in Alexandria, on the Potomac River between Fairfax, Pendleton, and Madison Streets. In the event of inclement weather, fireworks only will be rescheduled for Sunday, July 12 at 9:30 PM Admission is FREE.

Larry Miller, Allyson Rae and Nick Giovanni, part of the Morning Team from WUSA9 News, will emcee the evening festivities.  The evening will kick off with a performance by Tower House, a dance band featuring Motown and Classic Rock. The main event features the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Kim Allen Kluge presenting an explosive night of fun and fanfare.

Featured activities include:

  • 6:30 PM: Performance by Tower House and Food & Refreshment Sales
  • 7:45 PM: The Town Crier Announces Mayor William D. Euille; Poetry Reading by Tori Lane Kovarik, Alexandria’s Poet Laureate; Acknowledgements
  • 8:00 PM: Distribution of Birthday Cake by the Mayor and members of City Council
  • 8:30 PM: Performance by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Kim Allen Kluge, Music Director
  • 9:30 PM: Grand Finale fireworks display, featuring Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” with cannon support by the United States Marine Corps, Basic Training School, Quantico, VA

Oronoco Bay Park has lawn seating, and participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food, such as ice cream, hot dogs, hamburgers, barbeque sandwiches, shaved ice and kettle korn are available for purchase, but everyone is welcome to pack a picnic dinner.  No grilling is allowed during the event.  Please be mindful of your neighbors and refrain from smoking at this event, and pets should be left at home.

Visitors to the historic district are encouraged to take the Metro Yellow or Blue lines to the King Street Station in Old Town and take the free King Street Trolley, DASH or Metro Buses to the park. The King Street Trolley will also operate on an extended schedule for individuals wishing to return to the King Street Metro following the celebration. The last trolley will depart lower King Street at 11:45 p.m.

For DASH schedule information, call 703.746.DASH or visit dashbus.com. For Metrobus schedule information, call 202.637.7000 or visit wmata.com.

In addition to regular parking garages and metered parking, parking is available at Simpson Properties Garage, 700 North Fairfax Street and American Real Estate Partners, 44 Canal Center Plaza special $5 fee.

For additional information, visit this link or call the Special Events Hotline at 703.746.5592.

07/02/15 3:04pm

2015SummerT4CGradsOn Thursday, June 18, the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center hosted a combined graduation program recognizing the accomplishments of ten inmates who made important investments in their future. Joseph Craig, Delonte Johnson, Joshua Mann, Tyrese Roberts, and Gabriel Thomas were the successful graduates of the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center’s second session of the Thinking for a Change program, as was another inmate who was released before the graduation ceremony. In addition, William Anderson, II, Kaixiang Zhu, and three others who asked not to be identified were the successful graduates of the ServSafe® program.

Guest speaker Percy White, III, a longtime juvenile probation officer who has also done extensive work in African American history and genealogy, addressed the graduates and explained the importance of remaining positive and focused. He told them, “When you monitor your thoughts, you become aware of the messages you are giving yourself.” By becoming aware of these messages, they could better control their actions. Mr. White encouraged the graduates, telling them, “You deserve to have a great and wonderful life. If you can’t do it for yourself, do it for the people who care about you.”

The Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Alexandria Probation and Parole District #36, began this Thinking for a Change course in March. Thinking for a Change, also known as T4C, is an integrated behavioral change program for offenders that includes cognitive restructuring and social and problem-solving developmental skills. It is important to note that this program is a vital part of the Virginia Department of Corrections Re-entry Program. T4C is structured to give offenders the tools they needed to start making a difference in their own lives by showing them a different way of viewing situations. It teaches them the skills needed to focus on making better decisions when faced with some of life’s every day challenges. The 12-week program was an intensive collaboration by Denise Costley, the Sheriff’s Office Re-entry Counselor, and Rebecca Dupont, and James Woody, Probation and Parole Officers for the Alexandria District, and the hard work and dedication of the student-inmates.

Five other inmates wore chef’s hats as they were recognized for earning their ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification. This locally and nationally recognized certification will make them more competitive candidates for restaurant and food service job opportunities. They completed an eight-hour training program and passed the examination on food safety regulations and concepts. Joseph Weeks of ORS Interactive conducts the training and Deputy Tonya Moss coordinates it as part of the Support Services team.

07/02/15 12:13pm

A-PACE Endorses Booz for Alexandria School Board District B

Booz Teacher Endorement Press ReleaseThe Alexandria Political Action Committee for Education (A-PACE) has endorsed School Board District B incumbent candidate Kelly Carmichael Booz for a second term. Booz received this endorsement for her strong leadership on issues important to Alexandria’s teachers and students. She has more than a decade of experience working with public school students, teachers, and administrators in Alexandria and throughout Virginia.

A-PACE is the premiere political action group for education issues in Alexandria and is an arm of the Education Association of Alexandria (EAA) Teachers’ Association.

“We endorsed Kelly for a second term because she has demonstrated leadership fighting for the needs of our teachers and Education Support Professionals (ESPs) in Alexandria,” said Dawn Lucas, President of the EAA. “As an educator, she understands the value that teachers and ESPs bring to improving the lives of students. At board meetings, she not only actively inquires about student impact and achievement, but also teacher and ESP impact when making policy decisions.”

“As an educator, school board member and wife of a high school teacher, I am honored and humbled to accept the endorsement of A-PACE and all those who work on the front lines with our students,” said Booz. “We are seeing great momentum in Alexandria Public Schools and that momentum starts with our teachers and education support professionals.”

Booz currently serves on the Alexandria Redistricting Steering Committee and on the Virginia Standards of Learning Innovation Committee after being appointed by Governor McAuliffe last year. Booz previously served on the Talented and Gifted (TAG) Committee, Youth Sports Committee and as Chair for an ad hoc Community Engagement Committee.

Booz works for the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) as the Partnership Development Lead for Sharemylesson.com, which provides free and quality teacher resources and professional development. Booz previously served as the Director of Civic Education at the Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier and as an educator leading civics and government classes for middle and high school students at the Close Up Foundation, a non-partisan organization headquartered in Alexandria.

Booz and her husband, a 15-year public high school teacher, reside in the Taylor Run neighborhood with their daughter, Madeline. Booz graduated from elementary and secondary public schools, received a Masters of Education from the University of Virginia and a BA from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Booz is also a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.

For more information about Kelly Carmichael Booz, visit this link.

07/02/15 10:18am

The City’s Department of Transportation & Environmental Services began work to pave sections of Holmes Run Trail (between Duke and Ripley Streets and near Tarleton Park), Taney Avenue Path (between Raleigh and N. Gordon Streets), and the Mt. Vernon Trail (between First and Pendleton Streets), weather permitting.

Bicyclists and pedestrians should expect minor daytime lane delays and closures from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For additional information about schedule, small paving and trail resurfacing projects visit this link or contact Hillary Poole at 703.746.4017.

(Flickr Pool photo by Elvert Barnes, on Flickr)

07/02/15 9:51am

608For the fourth year in a row, Hooray for Books!, a fantastic independent book store in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, is sponsoring a city-wide Where’s Waldo? scavenger hunt! Waldo will be hiding out in stores around Alexandria this year. Can you find him?

Here’s how you can join in on the fun:

  • Pick up a Waldo Passport at the front desk (They are located at 1555 King Street in Alexandria.).
  • Find the hidden Waldo cutout at 27 businesses in Old Town, and get a stamp (or signature) on your passport for each one!
  • you get a stamp from every participating business;
    (10 stamps = a $1 gift certificate for Waldo books, a sticker, and a button;)
    (25 stamps = entry into a raffle to win ALL Waldo books)

Then, join them on Friday, July 31st, 5:00-6:00 pm for a Waldo party!

Follow them on Twitter for Waldo clues and updates! Use the hashtag #WheresWaldoAlexandria with your own Waldo-related musings!

Questions? Call the store at (703) 548-4092 or email them at this link.